Geng Jianyi grew up in a country shaped by rigid, state-mandated structures that had, by the late 1960s to the early ‘70s, fallen a long way short of the idealistic socialist Chinese state that Mao Zedong had envisioned. Where solidary socialism was intended to create commitment to the system by way of a benevolent bureaucracy, this idea was in reality, frequently afflicted by political and class struggles where individuals were embedded in social groups and contained by an inflexibly orthodox hierarchy. It was within this particular political framework that Geng honed his craft, his fascination with the mechanisms of communication, memory and identity-formation motivated early on by the failures of the bureaucratic state.

Geng Jianyi
Geng Jianyi
Hangzhou, 1962

Past Exhibitions

Geng Jianyi: Stubborn Image

OCAT Shanghai
25/09/2016 — 20/11/2016


ShanghART West Bund
10/11/2016 — 15/02/2017

Why The Performance?

Ming Contemporary Art Museum – McaM
18/09/2016 — 20/11/2016

The Uncertain, or the Shelved…

ShanghART Gallery Shanghai
Private: ShanghART H-Space
17/07/2016 — 31/08/2016

M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art

M+ West Kowloon Cultural District
23/02/2016 — 05/04/2016

Solo Shows

Stubborn Image, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai

East to the Bridge, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen
Geng Jianyi: 2015 Summer, ShanghART, Shanghai

Geng Jianyi-The Artist Researcher, ShanghART, Singapore

Wu Zhi, Geng Jianyi Works 1985-2008, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Yellow Signal, New Media in China, The Belkin Art Gallery and Walter C. Koerner Library, Vancouver, Canada

Excessive Transition, Geng Jianyi, ShanghART, Beijing

Group Shows

20th Fosun Foundation, Shanghai
Holzwege, ShanghART, Shanghai
Why the Performance?, McaM No.436 East Yonghe Road Jing’an District
The Uncertain, or the Shelved…,ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
The Uncertain, or the Shelved…,ShanghART(M50), Shanghai
Group Exhibition: How Should I Explain to You, ShanghART, Beijing
Variationes, 10 Corso Como Gallery – Top Floor, Shanghai

The Civil Power, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing
Paper, ShanghART, Singapore
Breaking the Image——Methods in the Treatment of Imagery by Contemporary Artists from China, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing
The System of Objects, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Grain to Pixel, A Story of Photography in China, Shangai Crnter of Photography, Shanghai

GWANGJU Biennale 2014, Gangju, Korea
Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names,Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Hangzhou Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1962 Lives in: Hangzhou, China